Visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium Virtually

November 3rd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 3, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Oregon Coast Aquarium

(aquarium.org/exhibits/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore the exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium with this website sponsored by the aquarium.

See what types of animals live in the aquarium by selecting an image from the available exhibits: 

  • Sandy Shores
  • Rocky Shores
  • Coastal Waters
  • Secrets of Shipwrecks
  • Sea Otters
  • Harbor Seals
  • Sea Lions
  • Giant Pacific Octopus
  • Seabird Aviary
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Orford Reef
  • Halibut Flats
  • Open Sea
  • Aquarium Grounds
  • Big Bites

Once an exhibit has been selected a page opens with a description and images of the location. Many of the pages offer a “What lives there?” section with images of creatures that live in a location. Select one of the animals to learn about it, it’s range and habitat and more.

In addition to the above exhibits, continue with your virtual tour by selecting the “Experience” in the upper menu, then select the “Aquari-cam” for a live look at the resident pinnipeds. Also, check out the “Sea Turtle Tracking” link to follow the travels of two rescued olive ridley sea turtles, Solstice and Lightning.

Under the “Education” link of the upper menu, find “Teacher Resources” then the text link in the first paragraph, On-Site School Programs page to download adaptable educational materials to use with your virtual tour.

Explore the Life of Daniel Boone

November 2nd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

It’s Thursday, November 2, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biography: Daniel Boone

(www.biography.com/people/daniel-boone-9219543)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Daniel Boone was born November 2, 1734. This page from the Biography.com website provides a 45-minute video presentation on the life of Daniel Boone.

The video explores Daniel’s early life, his life experiences as a hunter and serving as a wagoner in the French and Indian War, explorer, and much more. There is a brief textural synopsis on the page as well as links to a couple of shorter related videos. After watching the video, this website from Garden of Praise provides additional resources to use in your study of Daniel Boone. After reading through the biography provided, there are additional:

  • Online Activities – tests, puzzles, coloring pages
  • Printable Activities – test, study sheet, puzzles, worksheets and solutions
  • Online slide show
  • An online game at Quia
  • Dictionary
  • Links to related websites for additional research
  • An interesting video hosted by the actor who played Daniel Boone’s son from the 1960’s Disney T.V. series
  • A book list

These websites provide a nice companion to your American explorer studies.

A different approach to phonics

November 1st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ABC Fast Phonics

(www.abcfastphonics.com/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here is a beginning phonics program with over 100 pages, 400 cartoons and click-and-hear words, plus audio narration.

When you get to the site, you can choose from the following categories: 

  • Sounds and Letters
  • Words
  • Consonants and Vowels
  • Blends
  • Common Words

This method teaches just basic phonics concepts without struggle or frustration and includes rules for vowels, consonants, and blends along with practice pages. This is a fun supplement for beginning readers of any age.

As it says on the site, ABC Fast Phonics will help prepare the way for a lifetime of reading.

Historic Timeline of the Discovery of Planets

October 31st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 31, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PlanetQuest Timeline

(exoplanets.nasa.gov/resources/1048/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3 – adult; children with parental supervision)

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers a multi-media historic timeline of the discovery of planets in our solar system and in others.

Turn on your speakers to hear the narration as you watch the video slide show. There’s something for everyone here – a description simply doesn’t do it justice.

Fun Math Games in Many Languages!

October 30th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 30, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mothmatic

(www.mothmatic.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers colorful, animated, interactive math games to help students practice basic math equations in a multiple choice format – and in a variety of languages including German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Polish and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of math strands (displayed in English) that include: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Randomly generated equations are displayed on the screen and the player selects the correct answer. If the player guesses incorrectly a message appears saying, “Wrong. Try again.” If you guess correctly, you move on to the next equation until the game runs its course.
 
To play in an alternate language, use the horizontal menu at the bottom of the screen to make your selection.

Free Lesson Plans for Artist Studies

October 28th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 28, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories

(www.cuchicago.edu/artlessons)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Download art lesson plans from this website from Concordia University Chicago.

From the website: “Recognizing visual cues in a work of art as well as being aware of the times and conditions in which an artist lived enables students to better interpret its imagery, draw conclusions about its effectiveness, and speak critically about the art.” 

Lesson plans are broken down by grade level, with 10 plans for each level and each plan includes the following sections: 

  • About the Artist – brief biography of the artist
  • About the Art – and overview of artwork
  • Directed Observation – instructions for lesson plan implementation
  • Things to Do – projects and additional activities related to the artist or artwork
  • Discipline-Based Art Education – art concepts, elements of art, principles of design, composition, style, related literature and more

There are 80 different artists featured and, although they are grade-leveled, it appears that you could adjust the plans to fit any grade level.

This is a fabulous must-see resource for your art studies.

Organic Valley Farm – Dawn to Dusk

October 27th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 27, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Organic Valley Farm – Dawn to Dusk

(misc.organicvalley.coop/virtual-tour/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Discover what a day is like on a farm with this brief virtual tour from Organic Valley.

The day starts at 3:30 a.m and ends about 8 p.m. Slowly scroll your mouse to move through the day. Your tour includes descriptive text, images, sound, and videos. As visitors move through the day they will discover: 

  • Milking Time
  • Feeding
  • Putting up Hay
  • Free time
  • Calling the Cows
  • Milk Truck
  • Nighttime

When you are done with this virtual tour, click the Organic Valley icon at the top of the tour page to find more information about the cooperative and the farmers through more interesting videos and texts. There is also a section with loads of yummy recipes.

Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

Online Visual Dictionary

October 25th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Visual Dictionary

(infovisual.info/en)

Age Range: All (all grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows: 

  • Biology Vegetal – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
  • Biology Animal – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
  • Human Body – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
  • Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
  • Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
  • Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

Free Nature Science Activity Worksheets!

October 24th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 24, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Nature Detectives

(www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/)

Age Range: 0-11 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific United Kingdom nature education website from the Woodland Trust offers a variety of free worksheets with activity ideas designed to inspire outdoor learning.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of nature activities sorted by age: 

  • Age 0-2 Explore a new world
  • Age 3-5 Get muddy and run wild
  • Age 6+ Go on a real adventure

Simply click on a topic of interest and a new page opens where you can download and print the pdf file to do the activities offline. Also check out Fresh Air Fun – loads of ideas for family days out and outdoor fall fun.
 
There is a paid subscription program for residents of the U.K. but we can still enjoy the free activities to encourage learning about natural sciences.

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